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My Ratings : 4 stars
About this Book :
I should not exist. But I do.
Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .
For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.
A captivating dystopian with unique theme and believable characters. In this world, everyone is born with two souls sharing the same body, but usually by the time they are 10, one soul will become dominant and take over while the other will fade away. But what if the recessive soul refuses to let go and settle. They’ll become hybrids, of course (which is a huge threat, no one knows exactly why). Addie and Eva share the same body, where Addie is the dominant soul and no one except her knows that Eva is still in there, paralysed, no able to move or talk except only with Addie.
“Addie was warm and radiant next to me, making up half of us. But I – I was Eva, Eva, Eva, all the way through.”
The relationship between these two is what fascinated me about this book. Despite the frustration within Eva of not being known or cared about, she never blamed Addie and Addie who wants to live a normal life doesn’t force Eva to let go. This whole world is such a unique idea to me that I couldn’t give it a low rating. And it’s not only about Addie and Eva, even the other characters and their soul shifting was so brilliantly depicted. Now comes the plot, the conspiracy. Government finds out the hybrids and they are sent to clinics from where they never come back. Hybrids are a danger to society (because they are more susceptible to insanity). Maybe the reason for hunting hybrids and the world outside America would be explored in the sequel because that’s the only thing I found lacking in this book. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for this book but Kat Zhang has changed my mind.